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Poster: SpacedAgain Date: May 12, 2011 10:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: touch heads

I came in right before the touchheads. I think a big part of it was a reaction to Reaganism and the Cold War, which had an apocalyptic tinge. And where else could you have so much fun without being hassled?

The 20th anniversary was a push but only after Jerry's coma did Touch of Grey have that special hook that the pop version could leverage.

For me, it meant the loss of Kaiser as favored venue, which got ruder with crowding on the floor and the vending scene causing problems after the show. Similar but later for the Greek at UC/Cal especially after someone pooped on a chancellors lawn. The last Laguna Seca Days was also going down-the-drain weird, but the last Frost shows featured some truly obnoxious frat boys and some angry vibes that were apparently smoothed over later by invitations to Bohemian Grove.

One bee in my bonnet was that no matter how early you show up, vast amounts of seats were saved for people who wouldn't be there for hours. The tour-ists thought they owned the whole lower third of Oakland Coliseum.

Changing states of friendships made shows harder to enjoy in the 90s, as did more uneven performances, odd sounds from the keyboard, and Jerry's palor (very disappointing at times closer at Shoreline).

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Poster: Jim F Date: May 14, 2011 12:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: touch heads

"Similar but later for the Greek at UC/Cal especially after someone pooped on a chancellors lawn"

Haha!

I have a friend who went to a festival once and woke up to find that at some point during the night someone took a dump in the middle of his campsite. I'll never forget laughing my ass off as he told me how he crawled out of his tent that morning and saw a log right there. Guy just laid heat right in the middle of someone's campsite...I mean, wow. Though wasn't there a report a while back about some guy at a Phish show who was found drawing on the walls of a portapotty with human excrement? I think he's got the other guy beat.

But it was just one of those cases of someone getting bad neighbors at one of those campout things they are calling "music festivals" these days. The whole experience really turned him off, and I don't think he ever went back again.

Sorry, at the moment I don't have much content to add to the discussion about Toucheads. Just poop stories.